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#197368 - 03/06/10 03:52 AM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: Compugeek]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1314
Originally Posted By: Compugeek
He didn't exactly enter Canada voluntarily. There must be more to this than we know.

You are thinking the same as I am as evidenced by these newest relevations

Lagan (RCMP Cpl.) also expressed suspicions about Carverís story that storms blew him north until his sailboat sank off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.

ďHe knew he was in Canadian waters,Ē said Lagan. ďThis was not an accident that he blew up all the way from the U.S.-Canada border all the way to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Mark Proulx, maritime co-ordinator at the Victoria Rescue Centre, casts doubt on Carverís story of stormy weather, however.

Proulx said between Feb. 18, when Carver dropped off his friend in Tahsis, and Feb. 26, when he said he was shipwrecked, the wind conditions were often almost too light for sailing, blowing as little as three knots on Feb. 19.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#197370 - 03/06/10 04:27 AM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: Compugeek]
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2593
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Yeah, something's fishy. Usually an American in trouble and pursuing honest business would get a smooth ride.

There are too many instances where crates of illegal firearms are swapped for a load of "herbs and spices." Both giving aid to urban gang-bangers, who shoot first and often without giving a rat about citizens on the street. We're getting tired of it.

(This is just broad speculation, and may not apply in this case; time will tell.)

#197386 - 03/06/10 12:48 PM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: dougwalkabout]
HerbG Offline

Registered: 02/12/07
Posts: 142
Did somebody mention concrete ships? The U.S. actually built them during WW1 & WW2 and they were generally successful. One is still afloat.


#197389 - 03/06/10 01:58 PM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: HerbG]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Hi Herb, we are a bit off topic, but just a couple more pages about concrete boats.
Often referred to as 'concrete', which is a misnomer, in reality it is steel reinforced plaster (SRP). Introduced more than 200 years ago for boatbuilding (there are still surviving craft almost that age).....
It is estimated that more than 80% of all amateur owner built monohull boats that have made extended ocean voyages, are of ferro-cement construction.


Now if you look around the sailing blogs you soon get an idea of the insurance and survey issues.
When concrete is good it is very very good but when it is bad it is deadly.

Now back on topic:
The story is getting more interesting. I do wonder if the guy was doing a dope run, now that the cops have involved themselves.

May set off to explore without any sense of direction or how to return.

#197433 - 03/07/10 05:12 AM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: scafool]
Tarzan Offline

Registered: 02/02/08
Posts: 146
Loc: Washington
he must have been pretty desperate. And also not well versed in edibles. There are certainly many more things on Vancouver Island much more palatable that rock lichens. But this story is beginning to sound like a fish story.

#197589 - 03/09/10 11:20 AM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: Compugeek]
Horus Offline

Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 53
Loc: MA
My theory? The Canadian cops think Carver was drug-running, hauling BC Bud from Vancouver island down to the U.S. and he ran into trouble and so scuttled his boat. My guess is theyíre looking for it. Iím not saying he did it, Iím saying thatís what they think.

I created an editable google map (feel free to join in) which you can find at www.gettingprepared.info that shows his key stopping points.

#197646 - 03/10/10 11:56 AM Re: Shipwrecked sailor ate lichen to survive [Re: Compugeek]
Horus Offline

Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 53
Loc: MA

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